Local Celebrity Spotlight – Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Dr. Cherylle Hayes is an Oncologist at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Hayes is one of the hardest and smartest working women in the area that we know. We have seen Dr. Hayes supporting many local charitable events including PALS.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I am from Fort Lauderdale and moved to Gainesville at the end of 1996 to work with the department of radiation oncology at the University of Florida as an assistant professor. I fell in love the Gainesville community and enjoy the team I work with at North Florida Radiation Oncology (dream team).

How do you relax?

Hmmmm, that’s a good question…Is that learned? I relax by getting away and sleeping in after 8am! I love to read, exercise in any form (long walks, swimming, etc.) and really appreciate being with my friends and family.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island…It’s a great place to catch up on rest and enjoy long walks on the beach. It is peaceful, great place to roam around with a lot of natural habitat and quiet with a lot of foodie places to enjoy….

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

Waze…I’m not telling why!

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

Babysitting for neighbors; it taught me responsibility and reliability.

What is in your fridge?

Lots of nutrient dense foods like greens, vegetables and fruit, and the occasional dark chocolate (on every shelf)

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Never look down on someone else unless you are helping them up”

Who inspired you as a child?

I would have to say my mother. She worked so hard to raise four children (all girls) in Fort Lauderdale giving us a faith based background with a strong work ethic. Also Jimmie Evert (Chris Evert’s father), he was a tennis coach at public courts (Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale)

What is your favorite thing to do locally?

I love being with friends and family having great conversation …listening to good music and I really enjoy the Performing Arts Center Shows.

What type of music do you listen to?

Classic rock and of course Sister Hazel!!

What is your favorite movie and why?

I don’t have a favorite because I like all types of movies from comedy, suspense, true crime and autobiographies. So many I don’t know where to begin!!!! The Proposal with Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite comedies of recent times because it was so light hearted. I loved To Kill a Mocking Bird from earlier years.

What drives you crazy?

Lack of discipline and complaining about something you can help amend and people texting or using their smartphones while having conversations with you…..

What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is breakfast…I’m somewhat of a foodie but since I don’t have much time for breakfast I eat omelets for dinner. I love eggs (any style, anytime for breakfast lunch and dinner)….I add a lot of things like roasted beets, brussel sprouts and other vegetables to them (I get teased by some of my colleagues about what I eat.)

What have you always wanted to do but never done?

Learn a second language and play guitar and visit the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall and see the leaves change.

Do you have any tattoos, what are they or why would you not get one?

Personally don’t have any tattoos. While some think people think of them as art….. I would rather have a painting to display!

Have you ever done Karaoke or gone zip lining?

I have done both. Went zip lining in Hawaii and it was the best. It was a mile long journey that had quite a jolt at the end. You know what I mean if you have done zip lining.

What was your first car?

A 69 Cadillac that was borrowed from a family member. It was gold with a black leather interior with no air conditioning. A great car to learn to drive in because it was like driving a tank and it brings new meaning to a “3 point turn!”